this day in crime history: november 29, 1933

On this date in 1933, the bound and mutilated body of outlaw Verne Miller was found just outside Detroit, MI. Miller, the chief suspect in the Kansas City Massacre, was a decorated World War I veteran and former lawman. After a short stint as sheriff of Beadle County, SD, Miller turned to a life of crime. He started out in bootlegging, then moved on to robbery. Eventually he wound up as a trigger man for organized crime. The list of people with motives to kill him was long, but Miller’s murder was never solved.

Further reading:

Wikipedia: Vernon C. Miller

FBI Famous Cases – Kansas City Massacre /”Pretty Boy” Floyd

Vern Miller—Sheriff, Moonshiner, Hit-man

Lawman to Outlaw: Verne Miller and the Kansas City Massacre, by Brad Smith

Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34, by Bryan Burrough

5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: november 29, 1933

  1. Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    Verne Miller, was more interesting than most of the Golden Era of Gangsters upper echelon. Two factors of note, are that Miller was a decorated WW1 veteran, meaning, he had hands-on combat experience and handled himself under extreme stress, and, a law enforcement background, where he knew, what the law element was thinking and knew, their next moves. Having gone bad, a combat veteran with law enforcement background, is one of the worst nightmares for police.


  2. John D.:
    Yeah, Verne got on the wrong side of his “former employer”, that’s for sure.
    Also read where he used to be a pretty good “wheel-man” to boot.
    A very good story that needs to be told to complete the history of the gangster era in America.

    Roll safe.


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